Miles Davis - The Classic Collaborations 1953-1963 (4CD)


Probably the most important figure in 20th century jazz, Miles Davis' legacy has left a permanent impact on music of all kinds. His work paved the way for a number of major developments in the idiom, from cool jazz and hard bop to jazz fusion and experimentations with pop and hip hop. Unsurprisingly, Davis' worked alongside some of the other most legendary jazz performers ever, of whom he was not only consummate in spotting the talents of early on, but who he would also combine perfectly to form the most dynamic backing bands to accompany him. Although almost exclusively a sole bandleader, Davis would on occasion work more closely with certain musicians, and of these collaborative works many still rank among his finest projects. Following a stand-out performance at the 1955 Newport Jazz Festival, at which Miles fronted a band including Thelonious Monk, Percy Heath, Connie Kay, Zoot Sims and Gerry Mulligan, he began a long term relationship with Columbia Records, and so began a staggering number of recording sessions and live dates across the next two years. Physically and mentally exhausted by 1957, Davis would have retired by age 30 had it not been for the intervention of Columbia producer George Avakian, who encouraged him to take a new direction and work with bigger ensembles than before. Davis then enlisted the help of old friend Gil Evans as arranger, sparking a partnership that would stretch across the next five years. Their first album together, Miles Ahead (Columbia, 1957), saw Davis play flugelhorn while fronting a group of 19 musicians, which included Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, Art Taylor and Lee Konitz. The album was among the most acclaimed recordings to ever utilise "Third Wave" - the blending of jazz, classical and world music in a continuous flow - and was hailed as a masterpiece by critics. This collection brings together nine albums from the early part of Miles Davis' lengthy career and highlights the great man's impact on the jazz genre.

Track Listing

Disc 1:

Tasty Pudding
Willie The Wailer
For Adults Only
But Not For Me
It's Only A Paper Moon
Out Of The Blue
Disc 2:

Dr. Jackle
Bitty Ditty
Minor March
The Maids Of Cadiz
The Duke
My Ship
Miles Ahead
Blues For Pablo
New Rhumba
The Meaning Of The Blues
I Don't Wanna Be Kissed (By Anyone But You)
Disc 3:

Autumn Leaves
Love For Sale
Somethin' Else
One For Daddy-O
The Dark
Concierto De Aranjuez (Adagio)
Will O' The Wisp
Pan Piper
Disc 4:

All Of You
So What
On Green Dolphin Street
Round Midnight
Song #2
Once Upon A Summertime
Aos Pes Da Cruz
Song #1
Wait Till You See Her
Summer Night

Release date 05.04.2018